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What is Choral Evensong?


The service of Evensong is unique to the Anglican church and is derived from the older Roman Catholic service of Vespers (or evening prayer). Its structure and wording are contained in the Book of Common Prayer, which dates from 1662.

The standard Evensong service involves the whole congregation in the singing of psalms and canticles (The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis which are extracts from Luke’s gospel set to simple music to allow everyone to join in.) The service also has hymns and a choir only anthem. The rich, traditional language of the old prayer book can be reassuring and affirming as it is spoken collectively, by those attending. We, typically, hold these services once a month on the third Sunday.

At Christ Church, we also maintain the tradition of full Choral Evensong 4 or 5 times a year. This service is entirely sung by the choir and usually includes an introit, (a short anthem sung at the start of the service), sung responses, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis and an anthem. The music has a rich Anglican musical heritage. The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis have been set to music by many composers over the past 350 years. These services are, by their nature, more reflective. The congregation are invited to experience them by prayerful, attentive listening. This allows the music and text to lift our prayers, praise, and meditation to God.

We sometimes also visit local Cathedrals and sing Evensong there which is a magnificant experience.

The Christ Church choir regularly sing Choral Evensong under their Music Director Tim Eyles. If you would like to find out more or would like to join our friendly group contact Tim Eyles on musicdirector@Christchurchswindon.co.uk

Our next Choral Evensong

19th November

Our next Choral Evensong service is on Sunday 19th November at 6.30 pm and we are singing:

Introit: Beati Quorum Via ( Stanford)

Responses: (Crabbe)

Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis:Third Service (Philip Moore)

Anthem: All wisdom cometh from the Lord (Moore)

Organ Voluntary: Postlude on an old Irish church melody (Stanford)

Conductor: Richard Sutcliffe

Featuring the choir of Christ Church and guests

Organist and Director of Music: Tim Eyles

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What is Choral Evensong?2023-11-17T19:02:48+00:00

Christ Church Charity Christmas Market 2023


The Popular Christ Church Charity Christmas Market returns this weekend!

Why not join us this Saturday,18th November 2023 between 11am and 2:30pm for the popular Charity Christmas Market at Christ Church and the Community Centre – FREE ENTRY!

To be opened by the Mayor of Swindon and Father Christmas at 11am.

There will be over 30 local charities in attendance with stalls full of Christmas present gifts and ideas.

As well as the great choice of stalls, further highlights include:

Father Christmas
Christmas Carols sung by the choir
Festive handbell ringing
Bell Tower Tours (timed entries)

Please note that all participating charities will keep all of their proceeds.

Christ Church and the Community Centre
Cricklade Street

For more info:
email: sec.focc@gmail.com
Tel: 01793 617237

#christchurchswindon #christmas2023 #christmasmarket

Christ Church Charity Christmas Market 20232023-11-15T16:26:56+00:00

A Soldier’s Story


A Soldier’s Story

I was 15 when my journey started when I got on that train to Aldershot, I was a bit scared but excited all at the same time and wondered what the future had to offer.

After my training my military career not only took me to some wonderful places, I met people who I not only owe my life too, but they will always be in my thoughts, and I owe them everything and that created a bond that will never be broken.

At the age of 28 I was injured serving and had to be airlifted out of conflict, which I felt was letting my comrades down. That feeling hasn’t left me and after months and months of rehabilitation unfortunately I was medically discharged which devastated me as I was leaving the only thing I knew from school.

My fighting didn’t end here as I was torn from something I loved which has taken its toll on my mental health. At the time I was in denial and stuck my head in the sand. It took me until I was fifty years old to realize with the help of wonderful friends and people, I met at church that I was suffering and needed help.

I reached out to the charity Help for Heroes, and they have been amazing in helping me overcome my past which will only make my future very positive.

So, on remembrance weekend have a thought for all those veterans and families who are still fighting every day with trauma and injuries. I am so proud that I served, and I owe everything to the armed forces and that bond I will have for life.


By Paul Flounders, a member of our congregation, who served in the Royal Logistics Core and Royal Green Jackets.

A Soldier’s Story2023-11-10T13:01:48+00:00

Are You an Young Entrepreneur?

For our 10-year anniversary at the Community Centre @ Christ Church, we are running an event to give young people the opportunity to show entrepreneurship.

We are running a competition and asking young people to come up with an innovative fundraising idea or event.

The top 3 entries chosen from each age category will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of local business professionals including Nick Hewer of Apprentice and Countdown fame on 20th January 2024.

The winner of each age category will have the opportunity to bring their idea to life and will of course win the top prize.
Prizes to be confirmed.

Age categories are: 8-11 (junior school) 11-16 (secondary school) 17-18 (college students)

Closing Date for entries is: 8/12/23

Please get in touch for an information pack and application form if you are interested in joining as part of a school, college, or young people’s organisation.

Find out more and download the poster at the following page to display in your organisation:

Best Wishes

Contact details
If you have a question about this event, please contact:

Chris Smith
Are You an Young Entrepreneur?2023-11-10T15:42:29+00:00

Swindon Borough Remembrance Commemorations


Services of Remembrance this weekend in Swindon and The Lydiard Park Field of Remembrance

In the absence of a Bishop of Swindon this year, Simon has been asked by the Bishop of Bristol to lead the townwide services of Remembrance in his capacity as Mayor’s Chaplain.

Please remember our Mayor, Councillor Barbara Parry in your prayers along with all those taking part.

There are two services at The Cenotaph, firstly on Armistice Day Saturday 11th November at 11am and secondly on Remembrance Sunday 12th November.

Please gather from 10.30am for the services.

We also have our 10am Family Holy Communion with Act of Remembrance at Christ Church this Sunday  – led by The Revd.
Norma McKemey with Genny Williams preaching

In addition, please can I encourage you to visit the Field of Remembrance at Lydiard Park any time over the next fortnight. It is an amazing site. There are short services every afternoon at 2pm. This was featured on Points West on Wednesday 1st November.

Please remember our colleagues Clive Deverell and Trevor Day in your prayers as they lead this outreach.

You can find out more about the Fields of Remembrance at:


Thank you gratefully, Simon.

#christchurchswindon #remembranceweek2023

Swindon Borough Remembrance Commemorations2023-11-10T13:59:33+00:00

Remembrance Week – Memorials and Graves at Christ Church


As part of Remembrance Week, why not visit our War Memorials in the church and the Commonwealth War Graves in our burial grounds

Christ Church Burial Ground houses the graves of more than 20 servicemen from World War I and II, and other conflicts.

Janet French has taken a lead in managing our War Graves liaising the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to ensure those remembered at Christ Church are properly honoured.

Janet has worked to produce a list of those remembered, along with some local research about them.

You can also find out more and search our memorial database on our website at:


There is also a folder with this information, on the war memorial inside the church, which can be read whilst visiting.

#christchurchswindon #remembranceweek #wewillrememberthem

Remembrance Week – Memorials and Graves at Christ Church2023-11-08T12:02:03+00:00

‘The Bible in an Hour’


Saturday 21st October

11am in Christ Church

‘The Bible in an Hour’

– a dramatic presentation by the Revd. Richard Cresswell, Vicar of Bradley Stoke

Come along and join us on the day or watch online.

‘The Bible in an Hour’2023-10-20T16:17:00+01:00

Signup for the Church Weekend at Home


Church Weekend at Home ‘Rhythms for Living’ – Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October

A programme for the weekend is available at the back of church and St Mary’s.

You can also download a copy

Please collect one and fill in the response form and return it as soon as possible.

Some highlights from the programme include:

Saturday morning 21st. Join us in Christ Church at 11am ; Revd Rich Cresswell presentation; The Bible in one hour (watch a live stream on our YOUTUBE channel.)

Bring and share lunch

Afternoon craft activities and ramble options

Fish and Chip supper and fun and games in the evening – please sign up in advance by contacting the parish office 01793 522832)

Sunday 22nd Join us for 10am Holy Communion with Bishop Viv, Bishop of Bristol

After refreshments in church, there will be a Question and Answer session with Bishop Viv in church.

Please remember the final preparations for this in your prayers.

You can view Simon’s personal invite to the weekend at the following link:

Signup for the Church Weekend at Home2023-10-20T16:11:15+01:00

Simon’s 25th Anniversary Celebration Service Photographs and Video


You can view photographs and video of Simon’s 25th Anniversary Celebration Service here…

The official photographs of Simon’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations, taken by the Revd Canon Chris Dobson from the Diocese of Bristol Ministry Team, have now been released and can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

View the photographs here

If you missed the service, you can watch it back again on our YouTube channel by clicking the image below:

Simon’s 25th Anniversary Celebration Service Photographs and Video2023-10-11T10:53:03+01:00

Church Weekend at Home – Rhythms for Living

Church Weekend at Home – Rhythms for Living

You are warmly invited to our Church Weekend at Home on the weekend of 21st and 22nd October, 2023.

Please watch the the video invitation from Simon.

A programme for the weekend is available at the back of church and St Mary’s. Please collect one and fill in the response form and return them as soon as possible.

You can also download a programme at the following link:

Please remember the preparations for this in your prayers and we look forward to you joining us – All welcome!
Church Weekend at Home – Rhythms for Living2023-10-06T14:27:20+01:00

An invitation to celebrate the Revd. Canon Simon Stevenette’s 25 years as vicar of Christ Church


Simon & Nicola at the heart of Old Town Community Life

You are warmly invited to join us to celebrate the Revd.Canon Simon Stevenette’s 25 years as vicar of Christ Church with St Mary’s in Swindon on the weekend of Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October 2023.

Friday 6th October, 7.30pm Service of Celebration, Thanksgiving and Recommitment

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Simon’s installation as our vicar, followed by a cheese, wine and soft drinks reception in the Community Centre.
Music will be led by the Partnership Choir and Toast music group.

Click to Download the order of service

Sunday 8th October, 10am Holy Communion– led by the Revd. Canon Simon Stevenette with Ailsa Palmer preaching

Sermon theme: ‘Lunch with Levi’

Bible Readings: Philippians 3: 4b-14, Luke 5: 27-32

Reader: Jane Humphreys
Prayers: John Humphreys

Please join us this weekend for these special celebrations or join us on our YOUTUBE Channel- All welcome!

An invitation to celebrate the Revd. Canon Simon Stevenette’s 25 years as vicar of Christ Church2023-10-06T13:04:12+01:00

10th Anniversary Quiz Night


The Community Centre is turning 10 years old this year.

Why not come along to our fun anniversary quiz night in partnership with the Old Town Residents Association on Friday 1st December 2023.

Doors open at 7pm, games begin at 7.30pm.

There will be some questions specific to Old Town and Christ Church plus some other fun rounds.

Teams of 2-6 people.

Only £6 each.

Food included (half a pizza per person) as part of your ticket price.

Pay bar available.

What are you waiting for? Book tickets now before it’s too late at:


19:00-23:00 Friday 1st December 2023

Community Centre @ Christ Church

Adult ticket: £6.00 + £0.30 booking fee

If you have a question about this event, please contact:
Chris Smith

10th Anniversary Quiz Night2023-09-29T14:57:26+01:00

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